A new policy brief from the Alliance for Excellent Education argues that federal education policy needs to be flipped on its head if the nation is to graduate all students from high school, prepared for college and careers.
WHOLE-SCHOOL REFORM: New Alliance Brief Calls for Comprehensive Approach to Transform the Nation’s Low-Performing High Schools ArticleJuly 27, 2009
To address a crisis in which one third of students do not graduate from high school and another third graduate unprepared for the rigors of college and careers, reform efforts must focus on the systemic improvement of low-performing high schools.
PREPARING THE WORKERS OF TODAY FOR THE JOBS OF TOMORROW: President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers Finds Occupations Requiring Higher Education Will Grow Faster Than Occupations That Do Not ArticleJuly 27, 2009
Between now and 2016, occupations that require higher educational attainment are projected to grow much faster than those with lower education requirements, with the fastest growth coming from occupations that require an associate’s degree or a postsecondary vocational award.
On July 24, President Obama joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to announce the criteria states must meet to win a competitive grant under the $4.35 billion Race to the Top Fund.
EDUCATION SECRETARY OUTLINES OBAMA EDUCATION AGENDA: In Appearance Before House Committee, Duncan Stresses Reform Component of Stimulus Bill, Need to Improve High Schools ArticleJune 01, 2009
On May 20, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appeared before the House Committee on Education and Labor to discuss President Obama’s education agenda.
“STRENGTHENING AMERICA’S COMPETITIVENESS THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL REFORM”: Alliance President Among Witnesses to Appear Before Congressional Committee ArticleMay 18, 2009
On May 12, the House Committee on Education and Labor held a hearing to examine how policies for addressing the high school dropout crisis and improving graduation rates can strengthen America’s economic competitiveness.
ACTION REQUIRED: New Alliance Brief Calls for New Federal Approach to Improve the Nation’s Lowest-Performing High Schools ArticleMay 04, 2009
Current approaches under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) to improve the nation’s lowest-performing high schools do not meet the needs of the students who attend these schools, the communities in which they are located, or the long-term economic health of the United States.
DUNCAN MAKES $44 BILLION IN EDUCATION FUNDING AVAILABLE TO STATES: Education Secretary Says Stimulus Money Must Go Toward “Real and Lasting Reform” ArticleApril 20, 2009
Earlier this month, in an appearance at Doswell Brooks Elementary School in Capitol Heights, Maryland, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the availability of $44 billion to states and schools—the first round of funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
NEW ALLIANCE PUBLICATION EXAMINES FEDERAL GRADUATION RATE POLICY: Brief Reviews Recent U.S. Department of Education Regulations and Their Impact on States and the Nation ArticleMarch 23, 2009
A new brief from the Alliance for Excellent Education describes how federal policy has progressed from early attempts to simply calculate an agreed-upon high school graduation rate to present-day efforts aimed at using commonly defined rates as part of a refined accountability system to drive school improvement.
ARKANSAS TAKES A LOOK AT ADEQUACY: Study Finds $838 Million Needed to Provide an Adequate Education ArticleDecember 10, 2003
According to a new costing-out study, Arkansas needs to spend an additional $848.3 million to provide an adequate education for its K-12 students